Saturday, April 13, 2013

Sandhagai / Rice Sevie / Rice Noodles

Sandhagai is one of the traditional foods in Tamil Nadu especially in Kongunadu cuisine. Most of them say this as idiyappam too, to my knowledge both are different, even though the basic ingredient is same the cooking process is different so taste also varies.

Preparing sandhagai is a long and even hard process, for this we use a special mold back home, which is hard to bring here. I always hesitate to try this with muruku mold, because it takes more time and you need more patience which I always lose when my kids go crazy during my cooking time. Same thing happed when I am making this and finally my mold was broken ran to my friend who lives 1.5 mile apart and with her mold finished the dish. After lot of pain the dish turned good I felt so happy.


3 cups
For coconut milk:
Thick milk
½ cup
Thin milk
½ cup
¼ cup
2 Tbsp
Cardamom powder
a pinch
Lemon sevie:
Onion chopped
½ cup
Green chili
Curry leaves
Mustard seeds
½ tsp
Urad dal
1 tsp
Split channa dal
1 tsp
Lemon juice
½ big size
Turmeric powder
¼ tsp



  1. Soak the rice for 5-6 hours, using a wet grinder grind the rice to fine batter like idili batter and add enough salt and mix well.
  2. Grease idli mold and fill with this batter and steam cook for 10 minutes as we do for regular idli.
  3. Once the idli are done transfer two idlis in the mold and press it if you feel very hard add little more water to the batter.
  4. Repeat the same process until you finish the batter. Sandhagai is ready is serve. Serve with coconut milk or savory version.
For Coconut milk:
Mix coconut milk, water and sugar bring to boil once and finally add cardamom powder and turn it off.
For Lemon Seive:
  1. Heat oil in a kadai, splutter mustard seeds, urad dhal, split chana dhal and green chilies. 
  2. Add onion, curry leaves and cilantro saute until onion turn light brown, add turmeric powder and lemon juice cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add the sandhagai and little bit of salt mix well until evenly blends. Garnish with curry leaves and cilantro. Serve with cocnut chutney.
  • Make sure your idlis are really hot when adding to the mold. Even if it’s warm it will be hard to press.
  • Use small hole plate for making this sandhagai one you use for making sev. Even you can get one from store.
  • I used half for coconut milk and remaining half for lemon sieve.
  • This ratio yields for 4 adults.


The Pumpkin Farm said...

looks nice and simple, although a bit laborious for me, the end result surely makes up for the effort

Priya Suresh said...

Omg, seriously am drooling over that mildly tangy lemon noodles..makes me hungry here.

Srivalli said...

It's been a while since we made this at home, it's ready made packet off late!..looks very nice..

Suchi Sm said...

seriously i try this... i do many other types urs looks faboulos soft texture....

Pavani N said...

Totally impressed with these. Looks awesome.

Preeti Garg said...

LOvely recipe

Rajani S said...

Good that you had your friend living close by, else all the effort would have been wasted! Its come out nice and well worth all your effort :)

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi said...

Love it! Looking very good!

Archana Potdar said...

Wow this is laborious job but then the reward are these beautiful sandhagi.

veena krishnakumar said...

It looks very nice and am sure the taste is awesome though a laborious one

Jaleela Banu said...

Amazing preparation manju,

Suma Gandlur said...

haven't tried teh sweet one and so it sounds very interesting.